The Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit of Salem State University’s Bates Center for Public Affairs promotes coexistence with wildlife through education, interdisciplinary research and communication. With a focus on marine, coastal and urban wildlife, the unit educates the public about human-wildlife issues, generates new research on public attitudes toward wildlife, informs policy makers about wildlife-related public values, collaborates with non-governmental organizations and facilitates wildlife-related civic engagement opportunities for the campus community.
As a part of the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit, faculty members have conducted research on attitudes towards coyotes, sharks, seals and other species, sponsored Experiencing Wildlife lecture series and field trips, and held educational programs on federal and state wildlife policy. The Unit also provides internship and directed study opportunities for students.
The Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit also sponsors forums, conferences and other events bringing together students, faculty, alums, organizations and public officials with an interest in wildlife. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the unit sponsored a conference on "Elephants and Rhino in Peril" and "Compassionate Conservation: Rethinking Large Carnivore Policy in Massachusetts"
We seek funds to support student involvement in human dimensions of wildlife projects, including research assistant stipends and expenses, and events that are open to the public and campus community.
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